Recap: ‘Scandal’ is back with lots of drama and sex in season 5 premiere

25 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Heavy Is the Head’.

After a long five months away from television’s fabulous fixer Olivia Pope, we were reunited with her and the rest of the Thursday night trifecta, created by Shonda Rhimes. Well, everyone — Olivia Pope and co. are back, and we all know that when things look rosy at the start of an episode, you better believe it’s going to go downhill fast.Olivia and Fitz are back together again and enjoying every scandalous moment together while Cyrus, Mellie and Huck are all still dealing with the aftermath of helping Command.

Everything unfolds after Princess Emily of Caledonia is killed in a crash that happens after a White House state dinner and Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) is enlisted to prevent images of the princess’ body from going public.“Scandal” came back in full force Thursday night with a doomed marriage, a depressed Gladiator, a rekindled relationship of presidential proportions and a royal scandal during the Season 5 premiere. I was somewhat hoping that I would be eased into the season; only one plot twist, no real jaw-dropping scenes and I even was so bold as to pray that I would be spared of the final two minutes of the show that normally have me struggling to stay in my seat. Last time we checked on Olivia Pope () and her band of gladiators, they were busily murdering randoms in order to take down Papa Pope (Joe Morton), aka Olivia’s deranged father. Longtime Olitz fans were likely pleased with Olivia (Kerry Washington) and Fitz’s (Tony Goldwyn) White House rendezvousing, but one First Lady was not so privy to the party in the President’s bed.

Season 5 opens with nothing other than a classic rant-like monologue by Sally Langston, who was just outraged at the amount of fictional taxpayer money was spent on a dinner hosted by the White House, to welcome the prince and princess of Caledonia, Richard and Emily. Meanwhile, President Fitzgerald Grant (Tony Goldwyn) was making out with Olivia, which is either disgusting or amazing depending on where you fall on Team Olitz. David (Joshua Malina) tells Olivia the truth about the princess’ death: she was pregnant and they realize she was having an affair with her bodyguard.

Olivia, now back together with Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) — who serves Mellie (Bellamy Young) with divorce papers — tells the president but he refuses to charge the prince. She basically tells me I’m naive and as soon as the American people find out, there is going to be a hurricane descended upon us and she’s like, we’ll never going to survive it. Olivia is beckoned to a police-filled tunnel, where the dead body of Princess Emily is being swarmed by photographers looking to get their money shot.

Sally’s making a speech about Fitz celebrating “betrayal,” and “skipping down the road to Sodom and Gomorrah,” all while we’re watching Mr. Prince Richard assumes the role of Prince Charming, soliciting Olivia’s help to retrieve all of the photos of his late wife before they are published for the world to see.

The debate about the prince also creates a rift between Fitz and Olivia, as he won’t press charges and threatens to prosecute Olivia if she goes public with it. Given the fact that Huck is now taking live on Olivia’s couch in the dark while she plays house with the president, Quinn is a one-woman team and sets out on her own to pay off the paparazzi. So it’s only natural to think Sally’s speech might be about them: “A commoner, an all-American girl,” who leaves her normal life for one with a prince.

Finally they make their way to the dinner to honor a royal family from Made-Up-Landia – Queen Mummy, Prince Richard and his American wife Princess Emily. But as it turns out, the seemingly innocent queen discovered that the princess that the world saw was a different woman when the cameras weren’t facing her. Knowing that giving birth to a child who had no royal bloodline meant no heir to the throne, the queen gave an “off with her head”-esque decree, and had the princess and her lover killed. I could take the Evil Queen’s dastardly deed, but what blew my mind was her telling the uncheckable Olivia Pope that she had not dismissed her yet, proceeding to read her like a Dr.

So it’s Princess Emily Sally Langston was talking about, a stunning, sweet, American human rights lawyer who married into royalty — and who quickly dies in a brutal tunnel car crash. If you remember back to the election fraud when they stole his first election, after coming back from that and winning his second election, he basically has tried very hard to just live in the truth and he’s just been unable to. Apparently, he spent the hiatus sleeping on Olivia’s couch waiting for her to finish sexing Fitz, and spent most of this episode shaking and crying while Olivia was just like, “Yikes.” Luckily, Huck turned to Jake for help at the end of the episode, so hopefully he’ll regain what’s left of his sanity soon.

Olivia believes they can’t make it work in public yet, since they can’t make things work in private yet — and insists that he not interfere with her work. To back up for a sec, Fitz wanted to have this state dinner because he’s trying to convince Queen Isabel to let him build a naval base on Caladonia.

He has always believed that if Olivia and Fitz could just be straight up and honest that everything could be fine and they could weather that storm and make it, but this gets really bad and I don’t know if they will, but I believe they can and Fitz certainly believes that they’re destined together. After telling Prince Richard what his hag of a mother had done to his betrothed, he demands that the queen renounce her throne and banishes her to the family’s winter home, never to be seen again. However, Abby (Darby Stanchfield) observes the tail end of things and realizes that Elizabeth (Portia de Rossi) was right — that Olivia has been undermining both of them and was the one who got Fitz to go to Mellie’s swearing in ceremony. Mellie naively thought that because he showed up to hold the Bible as she was sworn in as the junior senator of the great state of Virginia, he would run back to her begging for forgiveness for his infidelity and try to fix their marriage.

Mellie, notably, isn’t there: Abby told the press Mellie had a flu and couldn’t attend, but of course Mellie wasn’t sick, just being kept away from the dinner. To make things more dramatic, Abby asks Liv how long it took Fitz to call her after kicking Mellie out, and Liv lies, simply and easily: “Oh, he didn’t call.” Liv always lies to Abby! But then I looked at my clock and realized that it was 9:58 p.m. and remembered that it is at this time when Shonda Rhimes loves to blow our minds into dark depths of stress.

Just moments after Olivia proposes fixing things at home before airing their laundry, dirty and clean, to the public, it is aired for them by the forever obnoxious Sally Langston. When Fitz and Mellie get a few moments alone after her swearing-in, Mellie babbles that Team Mellie-N-Fitz is what’s best for the country and their family. “I’m divorcing you,” Fitz says calmly, pulling the legal papers out of his jacket pocket. As the previews for episode two played and the end credits rolled, I took to Twitter to inquire about why Rhimes could not just give her fans one episode to prepare themselves for the drama.

I don’t think they’d say half the things they say if they knew they were hurting an actual person.” This, my friends, is a glowing, neon sign that reads “SYMBOLISM!” You know who else might be “not a person anymore” and have hurtful things said to her once she’s in the public eye, involved with a prince-like figure? Huck confesses that he and Quinn have hurt each other emotionally. (Last season ended with Quinn holding a gun to Huck’s head, and a damaged Huck begging her to pull the trigger.) Huck wants Olivia to fix him, to help him control murderous impulses, but Olivia says she doesn’t know how.

Liz won’t try to convince him for Mellie’s sake, because she hates Mellie. (“I performed voodoo to make you somebody!” Mellie says. “You didn’t do anything for me,” Liz says. “I was your prisoner, I was your puppet… your payment was that I got you elected.”) Little does Abby know, Liv convinced Fitz that he had to go (“How many times has she done this for you, whether she wanted to or not?”), so a reporter makes Abby look like an idiot at the press secretary podium when Fitz is AT the event she’s excusing him from. She yells at Liz, who didn’t know Fitz changed his mind and went (do you feel dizzy, or is this just me?), so they both realize they’re not totally in the know.

Fitz is enraged at Mellie, disgusted with Mellie, and he feels that he’s done with Mellie, but they have a very complicated relationship and he can’t just write her out of her life. MORE DRAMA: Mellie thanks Fitz for attending, and Fitz turns full-on 100 percent evil and serves her with three heartbreaking words: “I’m divorcing you.” She’s completely taken aback, but he is still SO mean. Former vice president Sally Langston is braying on her right-wing cable show about how Olivia is in the president’s bed, and it’s time for this godless administration to be brought low. Liv, meanwhile, is not as happy as you’d think about the d-word, because Princess Emily’s saga showed her just what life in the spotlight is really like. So in the end, just like Princess Emily said, she still was more of a symbol/spectacle than a person, because she pretty much just existed to get Olivia to realize she wants to slow things down.

Mutually assured destruction.” Fitz explaining to Mellie why fighting the divorce is a bad idea. “When I made my move up the ladder of political success all on my own, I wasn’t even thinking about you. If I could fix people on the inside I’d be running a bake sale in Ohio right now.” I’m actually from Ohio, and I feel compelled to say that yes, someone’s homemade brownies really can fix you “on the inside.” Especially if you’re 7 years old. Good ol’ Cyrus Beene, who, you’ll remember, was ousted from his post as Chief of Staff by evil Liz. (Actually, she’s not necessarily more evil than anyone else.

I just want to teach Portia De Rossi that “anyway” is not pronounced “en-eh-way.”) So Mellie goes to Cyrus and tries to get him to convince Fitz not to divorce her, Cyrus says, “I’m not helping you anymore,” and Mellie gives a really heart-wrenching speech: “He doesn’t want you, Cy.

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